With Martin O’Neill naming his squad for the World Cup qualifier with Austria tomorrow, we feel there are three League of Ireland representatives that could get a call up to the provisional squad at least.
The Galway man is the obvious choice and the name on everyone’s tongue (including MON) to make the leap into the International set up.
The PFAI player of the year has stepped up massively this season for Dundalk.
Horgan produced many match winning displays at home and in Europe including 10 goals and 8 assists in 31 starts.
The 2016 PFAI Young player of the year Sean Maguire is a man that must be on the mind of Martin O’Neill after his season in 2016.
Maguire finished the Leagues top scorer with 18 League goals, and also netted 3 in the Europa League showing that he can adapt to the bigger standard games too.
Ireland are craving a consistent goal scorer to assist Shane Long and with him a possible doubt, to be frank the likes of Daryl Murphy, Adam Rooney, Kevin Doyle or Anthony Stokes won’t bring the goals needed as stats can show.
Maguire is consistently playing in the u21’s for Noel King’s side and has already got off the mark for them.
Dane Massey / Kevin O’Connor
To be honest we were not able to decide between these two fantastic left back League representatives so named both as a possibility.
Ireland left back Stephen Ward is a major doubt for the Austria encounter this month and one would expect that Robbie Brady will slot in for the game in that position.
With regards a replacement left back these two are head and shoulders above the rest in the domestic league and built huge experiences by representing their sides in the Europa League also.
O’Connor was the left back named in the PFAI Team of the year by his fellow professionals and is currently Ireland’s left back at u21 level which you would assume puts the Cork City player ahead of Massey in the pecking order, however the Dundalk man’s consistent performances in the League and Europa League mean it wouldn’t be a straight forward pick.
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